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Bird Watching in the Peruvian Amazon Rain Forest

Bird Watching in the Peruvian Amazon Rain Forest

More than 600 species of birds from some 60 families have been spotted in Peru’s Amazon Basin, and the area around Iquitos is an avian hotspot. Birdwatchers come from around the world for the opportunity to see species found nowhere else on earth. Here’s what you need to know.

When to Go Many bird species in the Amazon are permanent residents, so every season offers an opportunity for sightings. The best time of year to visit depends on whether you plan to cruise or stay at eco-lodges. For the former, plan to visit during the wet season (November to April), when smaller waterways are accessible by boat. For the latter, visit during the dry season (May to October). January and February are typically the wettest months.

Where to Go Each biome in the Peruvian rainforests serves as a habitat for its own diverse birds. The Manu Biosphere Reserve is believed to have the highest concentration of avian life anywhere on the planet. Tambopata and Pacaya-Samiria National Reserves, both home to more than 500 species, are much more easily accessible than Manu. Multi-day tours through the Amazon region pass through multiple biomes in an effort to maximize bird-watching opportunities.

What You’ll See There are well over 1,700 registered bird species in Peru—hundreds of them in the Amazon rainforest—and new species are discovered each year. Among the many colorful species on display are macaws, toucans, cotingas, hummingbirds, tanagers, and honeycreepers. Meanwhile, the Amazon River and its tributaries are home to kingfishers, herons, ibis, storks, and sunbitterns.

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3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Eco Amazonia Lodge ECOLOGICO

3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Eco Amazonia Lodge ECOLOGICO

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Discover the lush jungle and native wildlife of the Amazon during this 2-night adventure at the EcoAmazonia Lodge. Spot a diverse array of wildlife such as turtles, birds, capybaras, and monkeys, and explore the incredible plant and tree life of the forest. Your Amazon expedition covers a guide, two nights' accommodation at the lodge, national park fees, two days of meals, and round-trip airport transport.
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  • 3 days
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3 Day Tambopata Amazon Jungle Tour at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

3 Day Tambopata Amazon Jungle Tour at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

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Indulge in the beauty of Peru's Amazon jungle while basking in luxury lodging. With the thatched-roof cabanas of Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica as your base, the surrounding rainforest is yours to explore. Spend 3-days delving into the area's natural wonders: canoeing on Lake Sandoval, seeking out river otters and red-bellied macaws and walking among forest canopies looking for tree-hugging sloths. You also get to choose from more than a dozen different guided excursions. This exclusive tour includes all meals and round-trip Puerto Maldonado airport transport.
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  • 3 days
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3-Day Amazon from Puerto Maldonado with Eco Lodge Accommodation

3-Day Amazon from Puerto Maldonado with Eco Lodge Accommodation

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If you’re a nature lover looking to explore Peru’s Amazon rainforest then look no further than this 3-day tour from Puerto Maldonado, which includes eco lodge accommodation. Take a boat ride down the Madre de Dios River; hike on jungle trails featuring suspension bridges and canopy walkways; and see pumas, toucans, monkeys, and jaguars at an animal rescue center. Accommodation, select meals, and activities as per itinerary are included.
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  • 3 days
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3 Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Posada Amazonas

3 Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Posada Amazonas

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Soak in Peru's incredible jungle scenery on a multi-day eco-tour of the Amazon. Set out across the water from Puerto Maldonado to reach Posada Amazonas, an airy eco-lodge set within the rainforest. Then spend the next three days sussing out local wildlife like toucans and river otters, embarking on nature hikes through the Tambopata National Reserve, climbing among tree canopies overlooking the Tambopata river and exploring the rainforest by night, led by the sounds of nocturnal animals. This unique adventure includes all meals and round-trip transport.
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  • 3 days
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3 Day Iquitos Jungle Adventure at Muyuna Lodge

3 Day Iquitos Jungle Adventure at Muyuna Lodge

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Explore the Peruvian Amazon on a multi-day, action-filled adventure. Enjoy round-trip transport from Iquitos to the Muyana Lodge, where you'll have your own private Amazon bungalow and all-inclusive meals. Spend your days embarking on jungle hikes, canoeing along the lake, bird watching and seeking out local wildlife like sloths, toucans, and monkeys. It's the ideal trip for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors.
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  • 3 days
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7-Day All Inclusive Guided Jungle Tour from Iquitos at Maniti Eco-Lodge

7-Day All Inclusive Guided Jungle Tour from Iquitos at Maniti Eco-Lodge

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Exploring Peru’s Amazon jungle can be an unforgettable part of visiting the country, but the region’s remoteness makes securing advance reservations a challenge. Enjoy the security of pre-booking on a 7-day trip from Iquitos that goes deep into the Amazon, where you’ll discover the forest by canoe, hiking trail, and motorboat; sleeping in a jungle eco-lodge means the chance to spot nocturnal creatures and wake to the morning bird chorus.
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  • 7 days
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3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Ceiba Tops Luxury Lodge

3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Ceiba Tops Luxury Lodge

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Discover the beauty of the Amazon on a 3-day luxury jungle adventure from Iquitos. Traverse the forest by foot and by boat to learn about the native flora and fauna. Learn about the indigenous Yagua culture that lives in this famous jungle. Stay in the luxurious Ceiba Tops Amazon Lodge during your tour with all meals and transportation included in the cost.
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  • 3 days
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